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Written by Rozanne M. McKinney   

Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Sellers’ latest letter about how Winston Churchill hated all Muslims, I wanted to point out that Sir Winston had a long history of racism.  Born in 1874, he agreed wholeheartedly with British imperialism and referred to all dark-skinned people as “savages”.  In his younger Army years, he bragged about killing people in Pakistan and Sudan.  As an MP, he encouraged wars to conquer non-white countries, saying “Aryan stock is bound to triumph”.   He wrote several essays  promoting British imperialism and denigrating non-whites - the piece Mr. Sellers included was written in 1899.  In later years he moderated his comments but it is unknown if he became more tolerant or just realized his overt racism was hurting his career.
As Colonial Secretary in the 1920’s, he advocated using poison gas on the Kurds who resisted British rule in Iraq.  Even in Britain he had the reputation of being the most brutish on the imperialist spectrum.  His own doctor said “Winston thinks only of the colour of their skin”.  Churchill advocated killing Gandhi, saying “I hate Indians.  They are a beastly people with a beastly religion (Hinduism).” 
In Kenya, the British stole the most fertile highland property for themselves and killed or imprisoned the former owners in concentration camps where they were tortured by various means, including cattle prods.  Barack Obama’s father was one of those that spent  two years in one of the camps.  After he was finally released, his family said he was a broken man.  Churchill wholeheartedly approved all these acts, especially stealing property from “blackamoors”. 
Sir Winston was a brilliant military man, but his views on race and religion don’t merit being exalted in this day and age.

Rozanne M. McKinney
Fairfield, Texas